We’re a few days away from the start of Euro 2020, and although it’s a year late in starting, it’s one of 2021’s biggest sporting events.

The 24 teams are split into six groups, with the winners and runners-up in each group advancing to the Round of 16. In addition, the four best 3rd place teams will advance.

Here’s a quick rundown on Groups C and D. Check out my Euros preview for Groups A and B as well.

Group C

A group that should be dominated by the Netherlands, but they missed both Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Super talented, but always unpredictable, they’ll face Austria, Ukraine and first timers North Macedonia.


Manager: Franco Foda (German, 3½ years)
Three to watch: Marko Arnautovic (Shanghai Port), David Alaba (Bayern Munich to Real Madrid), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig)
Euro history: 3rd time qualifying
How qualified: Finished 2nd in their group behind Poland.
Forecast: A dangerous squad that should fight for second with Ukraine. The opener against North Macedonia will set the tone for Austria who are $1.30 to get out of the group and $3.60 to reach the quarterfinals.


Manager: Frank DeBoer (Dutch, less than a year)
Three to watch: Memphis Depay (Lyon), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Giorgino Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Euro history: Won in 1988, shockingly missed out in 2016
How qualified: An up and down qualifying in a group that included Germany and Northern Ireland. Beat Germany away but lost to them at home and drew 0-0 away in Belfast.
Forecast: Despite all their talent, they will miss the injured Virgil Van Dijk. Winning the group is almost a given ($1.40) and they’re $2.80 to reach the semis, $5.50 to reach the final and $12 to win the tournament.

North Macedonia

Manager: Igor Angelovski (North Macedonian, 5½ years)
Three to watch: Goran Pandev (Genoa), Eljif Elmas (Napoli), Aleks Trajokovski (Mallorca)
Euro history: 1st time qualifying
How qualified: Through the Nations League, with playoff wins over Kosovo and Georgia.
Forecast: This is their first major tournament and there are few expectations on Angelovski’s squad. Longshots to get out of the group at $3.60.


Manager: Andriy Shevchenko (Ukrainian, 4 years +)
Three to watch: Oleksandr Zinchenko (Man City), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta)
Euro history: 3rd time qualifying
How qualified: Came out of a strong group with Portugal and Serbia.
Forecast: Recent results have been poor and opening against the Netherlands is challenging. Still should get out of the group in 2nd or 3rd ($1.25) and are $3.50 to reach the quarterfinals.

Group D

As usual, the media scrutiny will be on a talented but young English team who are expected (as always) to make a deep run in the tournament. The group also includes 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist Croatia, the Czech Republic and Scotland.


Manager: Zlatko Dalic (Croatian, 3 ½ years)
Three to watch: Luca Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)
Euro history: 6th time qualifying
How qualified: Struggled but eventually topped a group that included Hungary and Wales.
Forecast: This is a weaker squad than the one that reached the 2018 World Cup final, but they’re still dangerous. They’re $4.50 to win the group and $1.30 to qualify. From there, Croatia are $2.50 to reach the quarters and $5.50 to reach the semis.

Czech Republic

Manager: Jaroslav Silhavy (Czech, 2½ years)
Three to watch: Tomas Soucek (West Ham), Alex Kral (Spartak Moscow), Patrik Schick (Leverkusen)
Euro history: Won in 1976 as Czechoslovakia
How qualified: Finished a comfortable 2nd to England and beat them 2-1 at home.
Forecast: They play England in their final group game, so the opening two matches will set the stage. $1.91 to get out of the group and $4.50 to make the quarterfinals.


Manager: Gareth Southgate (English, 4 years)
Three to watch: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Man City), Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Euro history: 10th time qualifying
How qualified: Qualified easily with seven wins from eight games.
Forecast: Expected to win Group D and from there it’s $1.45 to reach the quarterfinals, $2.40 to make the semifinals, $3.50 to reach the final and currently $6.00 to win it all.


Manager: Steve Clarke (Scottish, 2 years)
Three to watch: Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), Che Adams (Southampton), Scott McTominay (Man Utd)
Euro history: 3rd time qualifying
How qualified: Finished 3rd in their group behind Belgium and Russia but beat Serbia on penalties to make the finals.
Forecast: Probably the weakest team in the group ($2.00 to get out), but they do get two home games – Croatia and the Czech Republic – in Glasgow. Currently $5.50 to reach the quarterfinals.

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